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Festivals of Flowers – Daffodils signal spring is here!

They’re yellow. They’re white. They’re orange. They’re a multitude of shades in between, among the first blooms of the season, mounted proudly atop strong, tall stalks of green. Their arrival brings people around Arkansas out into the fresh air to experience their beauty, cheer and welcome spring to the state. Daffodils and their cousins, jonquils

Composting: The ultimate way to recycle

Stop: Don’t toss out those nonmeat kitchen scraps. By following the right techniques and combinations of ingredients, you can have some of the best and least-expensive garden soil amendments. “The secret to successful gardening is the quality of the soil you plant in, and when you amend your soil with compost, you’re improving your chances

Spring into the growing season with seeds

Spring is just around the corner, but if you are like me, cabin fever has already set in, and you are counting down the days until you can get back into the garden. Seed starting is a great way to get a jump on your garden plans and keep your green thumb busy during those

Almost heaven at Wye Mountain

      If you’ve ever ventured out to the Perry County hamlet of Wye to see the beautiful daffodils in bloom along scenic Arkansas 113, you might just wonder how they got there. The story goes back to the 1920s when traveling to Wye took great effort on washboard dirt/gravel roads. Wye’s Evangelical United

Is there an electric vehicle in your future?

My favorite parking place is gone. Well, maybe I should say it has been repurposed to a higher calling. We recently converted a couple of spaces on the end of our office parking lot — my favorite place to park — to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Almost every day I see a couple of

Record growth for natural gas-spring forward-weather milestones

Record growth for natural gas production predicted With record growth in natural gas production in the forecast, federal energy officials see prices for the fuel moderating in the coming months. And that’s good news, considering they also expect more electricity to be coming from natural gas this year and next. In its Short-Term Energy Outlook issued

Postmasters Grill gets stamp of approval 

The downtown area of Camden has an interesting history and is experiencing a cultural upswing as business owners are renovating and revitalizing the city’s historic buildings. One such building is the 1896-era former post office that is now Postmasters Grill. The building, which underwent a few additions during its run as the post office, is

It’s Brunch Time!

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just settling in for a lazy Sunday, brunch is the perfect choice. It’s my favorite meal, and this menu is sure to impress. Eggs Benedict with Basil Hollandaise      3   English muffins 6   large eggs 12  slices of bacon 4    avocados 6    tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes

Hiring the right contractor

  Renovations can be the perfect time to improve your home’s energy efficiency. To make sure you get those energy savings, it’s important to do some planning right from the beginning. The first step is to educate yourself so you can be in control of your project. Helpful, easy-to-understand energy efficiency information is available for

Potato planting primer

Potatoes are a staple food item for many Arkansans, and they are the No. 1 nongrain food crop in the world. In the United States, over a million acres are planted each year for commercial production. Potatoes are easy to grow in a home garden, and it is time to plant. Potatoes are native to America